Each time I have stayed at the hospital to have my kids, this soup was always served with dinner. I knew it must be ridiculously easy to make, like most arabic food, but never tried figuring out how to make it. I found the recipe while browsing Arabic Bites recently.
I'm craving some comfort food today, without all the added calories. So I just had to make this soup this morning.
I didn't make any changes to the recipe, except maybe I added too much cumin and so the soup is darker than it looks over at Arabic Bites.
Here's the recipe:
Chicken & Oats Soup
1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 boneless chicken breast, finely chopped
Ground black pepper, to taste (I added about 1/2 tsp)
Ground cumin, to taste (again, added 1/2 tsp. It didn't ruin the taste of the soup, but it turned it dark)
Salt, to taste (I added 3/4 tsp)
1/3 cup, yellow lentils
5 tbsp oats (the original recipe didn't specify what kind to use, so I used quick-cooking oats)
4 cups water
Fresh parsley or coriander, chopped (for garnish)
Fresh lemon juice
Heat oil & add chicken, cooking till it is slightly browned.
Add all the spices and salt and stir fry for a few minutes. You might want to add a splash of water with the spices so that they don't burn.
Now add in the oats, lentils and water.
Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for 20 - 25 minutes.
Garnish with coriander/parsley, add a squeeze of lemon and serve.